It has been a very busy start of 2015 for me. I was so tied up that it’s been more than two weeks, since my last blog post. I cannot recall when the last time I have such a long break between two blog posts. Apologies to all readers, but here I am doing my best to write again.
As it is now, my busy schedule seems to be for a good cause. Let's see why as follows.
New Member in the House
First of all, we welcome a new member in the house. Despite the cries and sleepless nights (only little bit for me….guilty), the sight of the new innocent face just melts your heart and spell “True Happiness”.
Isn't she beautiful? Ya…. You will say look like my wife….
I once discussed with a reader about companies consolidating in times of oil crisis. “Bigger fish” prey on smaller ones. My company is one of them being preyed and “eaten”. In fact, the acquisition news is an open secret started almost a year back. Yet it is only official starting this year.
I am not new to company acquisition. It happened first time in my career many years ago. Luckily for me, it turned out really well then. With more experience and wisdom this time, I am hopeful that things can turn out good. Fingers crossed, and no guarantee of certainty in an environment of changes, just like the unpredictable stock market.
2014 is a good year for me and I am grateful. Refer here for my review in 2014. To add icing to the cake, I received a pleasant surprise from my boss during our annual review. For a start, he revealed about O&G employees getting laid off in Europe due to the low oil price. Furthermore, our company profit margins are thinning due to increase competitions. Just when you are about to be realistic and trim expectations, counter-intuitively, the commendations flowed in. I received compliments about my work dedication, positive attitudes and good results in the past year. I was rewarded with a maximum performance bonus. You are most happy when you are least expected. You reap what you sow!
Know Your Priorities, Even if You are Busy
With the company acquisition, I will relocate office and rub shoulders with more colleagues here in Singapore. As a consequence, it is inevitable to anticipate more emails, more meetings, more products to promote, and more business trips. While at home, we will juggle more balls, with new little one crying, and older little one oozing jealousy. Not to forget a heavier expense burden imposing more stress on us.
NOW...let’s recall the resolution I made for 2015. I blogged about it here, and shown below also.
- Peaceful relationships - Family, Relatives and Friends
- Continue investing
- Continue blogging
- Continue meeting people
- Continue reading
- Sustainable job
- Open mind to opportunities
SO…less time for health, family, friends, investing, blogging?
We are always busy! When was the last time you heard a working Singaporean telling you that he is not busy. Even if he is, he will not say so!
In the face hectic schedule, it is paramount to remind ourselves constantly on our priorities. And continue to work on it!
Health. You cannot sacrifice health for wealth. That is stupidity! Many years ago, I received a ticket reporting to the netherworld. I persisted, overcame the illness and eventually throw that ticket away! One of the attributes to deteriorating health is fanatic work commitment. I am not going to let history repeat itself. Exercise regularly and eat healthy.
Family, Relatives and Friends. So eager to see my little ones grow and spend more time with my family together. It’s going to be tough! Now, not to mention excess time left for relatives and friends. Nonetheless a connection is probably made with the heart and not always determined by how much time you are together!
Continue Investing. No doubt about it. My target is to have xx figures in xx years…LOL…. Several older bloggers always make fun on this statement. No matter how busy, I will read business times in the morning and browse Sgx news at night. Anyway, I made several transactions recently and will blog about it, in one of my subsequent posts.
Continue blogging. Here, I am doing.
Continue meeting people. No short of people to meet, with new colleagues in a global MNC environment. Cannot neglect old friendship too.
Continue reading. This month I completed Jim Rogers “Street Smart” book. The reading was done almost throughout my business trip on the plane / airport. Seems easy to achieve, but very often, you require discipline to overcome the lure of sleepiness and Krisflyer entertainments!
Sustainable job. New parent company is cash rich and always ready to invest. In view of the current low oil price, it provides stability. Of course, there will be new changes and challenges for me. Not going to be easy! But anyway, I did mentioned in one of my earlier posts, about my job criteria ..1) Company able to pay my current salary. 2) My boss at least do not detest me. At least I am pretty sure criterion 1 is fulfilled. Criterion 2, I have to wait and see.
Open mind to opportunities. Always